HURRICANE Dorian brought death and destruction to the Bahamas today amid chilling reports of bodies left floating in the wreckage of the killer storm.
Multiple casualties – including an eight year old boy – have been reported on the hard-hit Abaco Islands which have been deluged by monster waves and flood water.
"From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage to Abaco. We have reports of casualties," said Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield.
"We have reports of bodies being seen."
However he added the reports are yet to be officially confirmed as the islands have been virtually cut off by the hurricane.
More than 13,000 houses are now feared damaged or destroyed in the Bahamas, according to the International Red Cross.
Shocking pictures and videos showed surging flood waters swallowing up trees and, street lights and crashing against first-storey windows.
On Sunday into Monday there were gusts of up to 225mph and more than 30 inches of rain fell in the Bahamas.
The National Hurricane Centre warned of "storm surges 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves."
"These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours," the agency said.
Dorian is now the second strongest Atlantic storm in history as the giant killer edges towards Florida.
The category 5 monster made landfall in the Bahamas with devastating force on Sunday, reportedly killing an eight-year-old boy.
Ingrid Mcintosh told Eyewitness News that her grandson Lachino Mcintosh had drowned in the Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas.
His sister is also understood to be missing.
"My granddaughter called my daughter from Abaco and she said my daughter said her son, my grandson, dead," she said.
Asked by the reporter if she knew how he had died, she replied: "They said he drowned."
More deaths are feared from the mega-storm – which is now officially the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic, bar one.
On Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph, with gusts up to 225mph – tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.
That equalled the Labour Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were even named.
The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980 – which had sustained 190mph winds but didn't make landfall at that strength.
But the people of the Caribbean nation received no respite today as the storm continued to pummel the islands after slowing to almost a complete stop.
Deadly Dorian hovered over the country, shredding roofs, hurling cars and forcing rescue crews to halt their searches to seek cover.
The system crawled along Grand Bahama Island at just 1mph, as it creeps towards the US mainland.
Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, warned locals: “We need you to bunker down.
“It's going to be another 10-12 hours that we're going to be bombarded with this.”
Officials revealed they were getting desperate calls for help but rescuers can’t go out themselves in the violent weather.
Thompson said: “They are ready to get into those areas as soon as the weather subsides.”
The storm is now heading straight for Florida, sparking fears for thousands of holidaymakers.
Dorian is due to strike Orlando on Wednesday morning and skirt up the Florida coast, according to current predictions.
Most theme parks there including Disney were this weekend still operating normally, but are monitoring the storm's path.
Around 1.5million people have been evacuated from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida as the monster storm approaches.
Residents were pictured stocking up on emergency supplies like food, water and batteries, while others boarded up homes and businesses to protect them as best they could.
More than 1,000 flights within, into, or out of the US have also been cancelled today, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.
As Dorian bears down, pilots from the US Air Force have taken incredible photos of the eerily calm conditions inside the eye of the hurricane.
One image shows a phenomenon known as the “stadium effect” in the centre of the storm, which makes the clouds around the eye rise up on all sides until it looks like a giant sports arena.
Winds in the wall of clouds closest to the middle are the strongest – at a massive 225mph in the case of category 5 Dorian.
But in the centre the sky above is clear and the air is eerily still, creating the illusion that the storm has passed.
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